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Snowy Plover - Charadrius nivosus

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Snowy Plover breeds locally inland in south-central Oregon, eastern California, northwestern Utah, southern Arizona and New Mexico, central Kansas, western Oklahoma, and western Texas (Page et al. 2009). This species is a year-round resident along the Pacific and Gulf Coasts and overwinters along the coast of Louisiana (Sibley 2014). In Montana, the Snowy Plover is an accidental species and has been observed in June and September (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 12

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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Snowy Plover — Charadrius nivosus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from